We Tweeted earlier:
Getting closer every day. Doing alpha testing in August. Possibly beta testing by Oct. Patience, more info coming soon!
This led to us to receive several messages asking what’s the difference between Alpha and Beta testing? Well, each developer may answer this question differently, but for our own internal usage, we define these two stages as:
ALPHA stage: The main quest is completable start to finish, but several side quests are missing. Many maps are still missing details. Some secondary NPCs are not in place yet. Testing at this stage allows us to gain feedback on things like estimated play-through time and how the testers feel about the progression of the storyline. Major bugs are often uncovered which will need patched before Beta. Some early balancing takes place during Alpha testing. Not all developers actually test the Alpha version like this, but we have found that the feedback we get in this early stage is very, very helpful and can shorten the length of time we stay in beta.
BETA stage: The game is complete and not much will change before the release date. Testing at this stage is more about catching all the last minute bugs and spelling errors. We will focus more on balancing now, making sure the game is neither too difficult nor too easy for the testers. We can usually put a solid release date in place at this time, based on the response from the beta testers.
Our forums (the beloved Drunken Lizard Pub) are down. We updated the forum software, ran into some problems, fidgeted with some code… and now it’s a big pile of broken. Last backup was 24 hours ago, so we shouldn’t lose a bunch of posts unless we run into a problem with that.
We will need to reinstall and restore everything. Could take a couple days to get it back to normal. In the mean time, follow our Twitter feed or visit our Facebook page. We’ll also keep you up-to-date right here.
GameBanshee has a new wiki-type page for Eschalon: Book I. It looks to be incredibly detailed, with all the information that you will need to get the most out of the game, including a full walk-through. They say a Book II site is upcoming, so we’ll let you know when that is live.
Continuing to give our fans regular updates as to the progress of Book III’s development, follow the link below for our July update!
GOG has a Basilisk and Spiderweb combo bundle on sale for a super low price – 24 hours only!
User madeba has translated all of Book II’s text files in French. Follow the link below, and the instructions inside of Book II’s readme.txt file, to activate the language pack. Unfortunately, this doesn’t update the text of the graphic menus, but all the in-game narratives and dialogs are translated which should be enough to enjoy the game. If this benefits you, let us know- it will help determine how important other language translations would be.
It’s been requested countless times over the past year, so we are happy to announce that you can now purchase Eschalon: Book I and Eschalon: Book II on GOG.com! Head over there and get it at 50% off right now!
We must have missed this one when it first came out: Infamous PC Gamer magazine lists Eschalon: Book III as one of their “Best PC games s of 2013“. Thanks for the nod, PC Gamer!
We had a bit of downtime due to Spring Break. We’re back and getting caught up on emails. Give us a few days if you are waiting on a response.
We posted a small article on our Facebook page giving our advice to people looking to get into game development. It’s short and to-the-point, but it’s what we tell everyone who asks us.